- Paperback: 344 pages
- Publisher: University of Michigan Press; Revised, Expanded edition (January 26, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0472089420
- ISBN-13: 978-0472089420
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 21 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,991,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Elevator Music: A Surreal History of Muzak, Easy-Listening, and Other Moodsong; Revised and Expanded Edition Paperback – January 26, 2004
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—Wendy Carlos, composer, soundtracks for "A Clockwork Orange" and "The Shining"
"Lanza takes background music seriously as both music and social utility. In doing so, he's written one of the few pop-history books that won't put you to sleep - not to mention the only one that dares to probe the very real connections between shopping-mall music and Devo."
"A fascinating tour of a genuine piece of American surrealism, diligently researched, sparklingly presented, surprising at every turn. Hilarious and at times terrifying."
—Phil Patton, author of Made in the U.S.A.: The Secret Histories of the Things That Made America
About the Author
Joseph Lanza is currently writing an impressionistic history of romantic pop ballads. He has served as an independent consultant for Time Life Music and was executive producer for the two-disc collection Music for TV Dinners (Caroline Records). His most recent book is about the legendary crooner Russ Columbo.